Celebrating one year of travel in Chiang Mai

How to celebrate one year on the road.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

1. Wake up in a guy’s bed. Have some pretty nice sex.

2. Get breakfast with your guy and some of his friends. Again talk about the differences between British and American English.

3. Eat ice cream.

4. Say goodbye. And cry.


5. Hop on a minibus for a 4 hour ride.

6. Get so nauseous from the 762 turns between Pai and Chiang Mai that you end up puking your ice cream up all over yourself on the bus. Seriously. All. Over. Yourself. On your jeans. On your shirt. On your purse.

7. Clean up in the bathroom when the bus stops at a rest stop but then sit for another two hours covered in smelly, pukey, wet clothes. Totally embarrassed to face any of the other passengers.

8. Check back into one of your favorite hostels ever.

9. Take a shower. Smell less pukey.

10. Meet Sean, who you know from Twitter. Drink whiskey. Or is it rum?

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

11. Get dinner with some new friends and old new friends. Eat a lot.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

12. Go back to the hostel. Drink some beer. Drink some brandy. It won the International Food Europe Award, you know.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

13. Get wished “happy birthday” a lot. A lot.

14. Play pool with Sean. Realize you both suck so badly that you have to abandon any semblance of real rules.

15. Win said pool game, but only because Sean scratched sinking the 8 ball. We apparently kept that rule in place.

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

16. Almost break Sean’s iPodPhone.


17. Lose miserably at darts. And lose a dart.

18. Lose miserably at bear/ninja/cowboy. That’s a game, you know.

19. Make an amazing infomercial for Thailand’s finest brandy. It won the International Food Europe Award, you know.

20. Suwannapoome?

Celebrating one year of traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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  • Sadie
    July 10, 2012at5:12 am

    you are so tan!!

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